I recently heard a leader within my organization give a great message on forgiveness. Pete Thompson shared four things forgiveness is and four which it is not.
It was a simple yet profound message, always applicable to our lives.
With the focus of NoSuperHeroes being grace, the topic of forgiveness is very closely linked.
I’ll use his points and add my own commentary. Let’s start with the “nots”.
Forgiving is not:
- Condoning the actions of the other person. What the other person did was wrong, perhaps even sin. With some acts it might have been immoral or illegal. Forgiving this person does not place your stamp of approval on their behavior. The reason why forgiveness was necessary is because something went amiss.